Cathryn Jakobson Ramin - Crooked (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

In her effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much bigger problem. Costing roughly $100 billion a year, spine medicine—often ineffective and sometimes harmful —exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system.

The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine, and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin interviewed scores of spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, specialized bodywork practitioners. She met with many patients whose pain and desperation led them to make life-altering decisions, and with others who triumphed over their limitations.

The result is a brilliant and comprehensive book that is not only important but essential to millions of back pain sufferers, and all types of health care professionals. Ramin shatters assumptions about surgery, chiropractic methods, physical therapy, spinal injections and painkillers, and addresses evidence-based rehabilitation options—showing, in detail, how to avoid therapeutic dead ends, while saving money, time, and considerable anguish. She also reveals what it takes to outwit the back pain industry and get on the road to recovery.

Investigative journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin is the author of the New York Times bestseller Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife. She has written for many national magazines, and is a sought-after, engaging speaker, addressing both professional, medical and general audiences on the ins and out of back pain treatment. She and her husband, music composer Ron Ramin, divide their time between Northern California and New York City. They have two adult sons, Avery and Oliver, and a Jack Russell-Daschund dog named Dasch.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062641786
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Published: Harper - May 9th, 2017

The acclaimed author of Carved in Sand—a veteran investigative journalist who endured persistent back pain for decades—delivers the definitive book on the subject: an essential examination of all facets of the back pain industry, exploring what works, what doesn't, what may cause harm, and how to get on the road to recovery.